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Sharma backs 158-turbine wind farm off Norfolk coast against recommendation to refuse

Sharma backs 158-turbine wind farm off Norfolk coast against recommendation to refuse

Energy secretary Alok Sharma has approved plans for a 1.8 gigawatt wind farm off the Norfolk coast, despite inspectors recommending that the project should be refused due to the potential impact on protected habitats.

Green light for 50,000 sqm Huawei research facility in Cambs despite heritage impacts

Green light for 50,000 sqm Huawei research facility in Cambs despite heritage impacts

A Chinese telecommunications company has won consent for a 50,000 square metre research and development centre in South Cambridgeshire, after officers advised that the scheme's "substantial" economic benefits outweighed the "significant harm" caused to the setting of a nearby Iron Age fort.

Jenrick refuses Cambridgeshire energy-from-waste plant on heritage grounds

Jenrick refuses Cambridgeshire energy-from-waste plant on heritage grounds

The housing secretary has refused plans for an energy-from waste facility in Cambridgeshire, after concluding that the scheme's benefits would not outweigh harm to a local scheduled ancient monument.

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Why Epping Forest Council's block on 100-plus housing applications due to air quality concerns is set to last for a while

Why Epping Forest Council's block on 100-plus housing applications due to air quality concerns is set to last for a while

Following Natural England concerns about the impact of new housing on air quality in a protected woodland, an Essex council has put the processing of more than 100 planning applications on hold, while the examination of its 11,400-home draft local plan has also ground to a half. Both the council and observers do not expect a solution to the planning impasse any time soon.

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